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Discovering Natural Wines

October 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


What is natural wine?  Natural wine is unfiltered, untamed and un-photoshopped wine made in the vineyard rather than the winery.  John L. Grammer, partner in the wine import company Skin Contact Wines, will guide you through a wine tasting of natural wines.  Treat your palate to a riot of flavors.

Growing up in New York City, John Lawrence Grammer spent his Saturdays biking through Chinatown in search of delicious food and new experiences. After graduating from Harvard, he hit the streets to learn about wine and food. Tasting a bottle of Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2001 with a generous client sealed the deal. John completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in the Wine and Spirits program and has begun studying for the Master of Wine entrance exam.

Fresh glasses will be used for each pour.  The hors d’oeuvre table will be monitored to ensure safe food practices and social distancing will be observed.

This is how John and his partner Ricardo Castiblanco describe what makes their wines special: “Skin Contact Wines imports wines from organically farmed vineyards.  We believe the best wines come from grapes that are farmed attentively.  Organic viticulture represents a return to the basic tenets of farming and a respect for natural processes. Some of our producers choose to go beyond organic principles and utilize biodynamic practices to further promote a healthy microbiome on their properties. Wherever a producer falls on this spectrum of farming in harmony with nature, we want to support their hard work.”

Skin Contact Wines come from France, Italy, Spain, Georgia (the country), and Chile. See a list of producers.

For the health and safety of our audience, our performers, and our volunteers, we are now requiring that all people age 12 and over who enter the Sandisfield Arts Center be fully vaccinated and wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth – except when drinking or eating at this event. 

We have limited the audience to about half of capacity in order to allow for adequate spacing between groups. Please be aware of this when you purchase a ticket.


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October 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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